Leeds United defender Conor Shaughnessy has joined Scottish side Hearts on loan until the end of season, replacing Jimmy Dunne, who was recalled from Tynecastle by his club Burnley.

Shaughnessy, who has been capped at every underage level for the Republic of Ireland, is looking to kickstart his career after a serious ankle injury for Leeds last year saw him drop down the pecking order.

The Galway native will link up with his new club immediately and will fly out with the rest of the squad for their mid-season training camp in Spain.

Shaughnessy is a like-for-like replacement for fellow Irish defender Dunne, who had reached the end of his loan spell with the Edinburgh club.

Manager Craig Levein had been hoping to extend Dunne's loan spell from Burnley but the 21-year-old has returned to England.

The Dundalk born centre-back won a call-up to an extended Republic of Ireland squad after impressing during a 14-game stint with Hearts before an ankle injury struck towards the end of November.

Despite his loan deal with Hearts ending, Dunne is unlikely to go straight into the first team set-up at Burnley and could be sent out on loan to a Championship club.

A Hearts statement read: "The club would like to thank Jimmy for all of his efforts in a maroon shirt and wishes him well in the next chapter of his career."

On his spell at Hearts, Dunne wrote: "I can’t thank this club enough. I felt at home here! The passion and support shown from the fans at this club is unbelievable! Keep going for the rest of the season Jambos."